Here are some recently opened businesses in the neighborhood – some of which are rebranding establishments and some that will be opening soon.
Two Monsters Pet Shop
Here is a new neighborhood pet store: it’s called Two Monsters Pet Shop and it belongs to someone named Hayley Malin. Opened in late February, the name is inspired by Malin’s first dog, Mo, who also features in the logo, as well as her first cat, Olivia. The store sells pet food, treats, toys, and supplies for cats and dogs. Featured brands currently include: Stella & Chewy’s, Weruva, Origen, Acana, Tiki Cat, Jack & Pup and Wellness.
Two Monsters Pet Shop is located at 792 Onderdonk Ave. and is open Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The shop is closed on Wednesdays.
A staple pizza chain in Williamsburg and Crown Heights and even the Lower and Upper East Side, Williamsburg Pizza is now also on Wyckoff Avenue, where a new location opened in early March. Pizza lovers can expect the same slices you can find at their other restaurants, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. Crusts are available in “Brooklyn Round” or “Grandma Square” varieties.
Prices range for these random pies from $16.50 for a medium plain pie, $25.50 for a grandma, and $29.50 for some of the specialty pies, like the vegan pepperoni. Salads and sides are also available.
Williamsburg Pizza’s Bushwick location is at 259 Wyckoff Avenue. Hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Say aloha to No Aloha: this is a 5,000 square foot bar and restaurant where another bar called El Cortez used to be. He had a soft opening the 1st of April. Named after Breeders deep cut, “No Aloha“, this bar belongs to three inhabitants: Tessie Carroll, Sonia Agostino and Patrick Sheehan.
No Aloha Instagram page is full of glimpses of what has become of these two floors; a colorful and fun atmosphere that seems to boast of animal print designs on the walls and disco balls falling from the ceiling. Agostino described the first floor as a living room – spacious for bands, plus a DJ booth. Hot pink hallways lead to the second floor which Agostino scores a “Miami Vice”-style neon party, complete with a large mural by photographer Ian Reid, which shows a scene featuring two models wearing latex on mountains in Italy. There is also a stage on the second floor. Agostino called this vision “derived from an early ’90s to late ’80s aesthetic.”
Even in the bathrooms, the vision is present. There are six and each is designed with a different visual experience in mind, said Agostino. A season a rotation of artists will be in charge of organizing their doors. Elsewhere in the bar, art will be framed on the walls.
“We want to get involved in the local artistic community”, said Agostino. Throughout April, the bar will operate on a temporary liquor license and will serve drinks until midnight. Customers can expect the hours to drop to 4 a.m. from next month. “The plan is to make mixed drinks straight forward, simple and fun,” Agostino promised.
No Aloha is located at 17 Ingraham St. For the month of April, No Aloha is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Also inside No Aloha is Bootsie’s Pizzawhich makes pies in two sizes: 10-inch and 16-inch, with unique sounding fillings, including “Jalapeño in A minor,” ($17 for a 10-inch, $28 for a 16-inch, and it comes with jalapeños, roasted tomatoes, and ricotta),”Avocado dream($16 for a 10-inch and $27 for a 16-inch, and which features roasted red peppers and slivered garlic topped with red pepper flakes, avocado, and black pepper). At the classic end are the 10-inch “Cheese Bar” pies which are $12 and the “Half n’ Half” and “Upside Down” pies which are $14 for one. 10 inches.
Agostino, who also runs No Aloha, says he hired a pizza consultant named Mikey Rodriguez to bring out the pies. Agostino adds: “What sets us apart from other pizzerias in the region is the style. It’s a New England bar pie. A thin crust and cheese that goes all the way to the edge, giving a lacy finish.
Bootsie’s Pizza is located at 17 Ingraham St. Restaurant hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Founded by Danielle Peters, and with a first location established in 2016 at Park Slope, Little lion opened its second spot on Grand Street in late March. The new location will focus on a variety of cuts, ranging from $60 for a barber cut to advanced haircuts priced at $115; specialty cuts for curly hair that cost between $110 and $140; treatments start at $30 and “special event” looks that feature a blow-and-style option for $60 or a more intricate style, which will cost between $135 and $165.
Little Lion is located at 537 Grand St. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Arrie Fae and Meghann Bronson-Davidson are a married couple and a circus show, which they now operate from a new location near the Bushwick-Ridgewood border called BODYHOO Studios. It is the house of Mobile Force Brooklyna pilates studio that offers Reformer, Tower and Cardio Jump Board classes. They have an opening package which is currently available for $75 and gives you three yoga or pilates classes. All class package prices can be found here. Classes must be booked no later than three hours prior to class start time. The pair have experience working with diverse populations including rehabilitation, injury and chronic pain, pre and postnatal as well as the trans and non-binary community.
BODYHOO Studios is located at 1080 Wyckoff Avenue, 2nd floor with entrance through Fien Coffee. Class schedules are available on the studio website website.
The first brick and mortar store in Little Shop of Soil has been transformed and renamed to a store called Little Shop which instead sells this kitchen, dining room, bathroom and other products. Some of Little Shop’s brands include Little Barn Apothecary, Takoma ceramics and crockery HOMECOMING EGG.
Little Shop is located at 1311 Myrtle Ave. and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
At Mia Marie’s
Opening inside where Onderdonk & Sons were, Mia Marie has her own elegant cocktail menu as well as a food menu with plentiful bites, salads and bigger dishes. Drinks are made with bitters and include the $8 ($8) “woodbine” and the Saint Nick ($11). Food includes togarashi chips ($7) and grilled cheese tomato soup ($10) as well as plenty of salads and sandwiches.
Mia Marie’s is located at 566 Onderdonk Ave. and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The neighborhood’s newest private lounge will likely offer some of the same activities as the other venues, including darts, billiards, karaoke, billiards, board games and an 82-inch TV. But the vibe is authentic to the style and originality of the Bushwick it represents, i.e. an 80s vibe with bright street art. Groups of eight people or less can make a reservation online. Larger groups of up to 50 people can be accommodated on request. The space is BYOB.
Social Cues’ East Williamsburg location is located at 35 Meadow Street and a location in Bushwick is expected to open soon.
Gunther is saying goodbye
Sarah Khoshaba, who is behind BK Soup Queentakes his homemade soup business to a permanent take-out window at the Farewell Bar. She takes the name at Gunther, after his dog. Beyond the soups are sandwiches and breakfast dishes, such as “The Kithywhich features two cooked eggs, ricotta, microgreens, crispy fried shallots, chili oil and homemade tamari ginger aioli wrapped on a brioche bun from a bakery concept local called native braed. A theft at the end of last month at the bar delayed the opening of Gunther’s until April 21. There is also a GoFundMe to raise funds for the bar.
Gunther’s at Farewell is located at 143 Troutman St.
Top image taken by Andrew Karpan.
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